The blows just keep coming for the Giants' wide receivers.
Golden Tate is appealing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's Performance-Enhancing Drug Policy, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Tate will have his appeal scheduled the first week of August and a resolution should be reached before the start of the season.
Tate, 30, released a statement explaining that the positive test was the result of a treatment he was prescribed for fertility planning. He said he stopped using it when he discovered an ingredient was on the NFL's banned substance list and went through the proper protocol to alert the league before a suspension was imminent.
"During the entirety of my 10 year career I have taken great pride in playing this game the right way, have been an ambassador for the NFL and have never had any issues with the league's policy," Tate said. "The treatment this past April had no effect on the upcoming season, and I did not, and could not have undergone this treatment in April for any competitive advantage."
My statement. pic.twitter.com/WzP7W4bclB- Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) July 27, 2019
The NFL's policy states, "Players are responsible for what is in their bodies and a positive test will not be excused because a Player was unaware that he was taking a Prohibited Substance."
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he has nothing to add to Tate's statement.
"We will see what happens," he said.
Tate was signed by the Giants this offseason shortly after the team traded star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.
The possibility of Tate missing the first four games of the season comes in the wake of injuries to wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman on the first day of training camp.
Rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton is also battling a hamstring injury, while Brittan Golden, another wide receiver competing for a spot, left Friday's practice with a groin injury.
The Giants were working out wide receivers on Saturday as they look to fill out the depth chart on a thin wide receivers corps. Shurmur noted that they could sign one of those players before Saturday's practice begins.